Most Dangerous Female Serial Killers – One thing that hasn’t changed in human culture for thousands of years is the widespread notion that murder is wrong. Death is inevitable, but the death of one person at the hands of another paints the thing in a whole new, wholly horrific light.
In the case of murder, you have two people, both born miraculously out of mysterious nothingness, one of whom stumbles upon the notion that they should send someone like themselves back to the black ether, where who knows what is waiting for them.
As nightmarish as it is to think about, murder has been a part of our history and development, and we would not be at the precise spot in space and time that we are today were it not for the multitude of atrocious deeds committed by our ancestors. Would we be in a better spot if humanity had evolved in a totally murder-free way? Probably.
Despite that, despite murder being firmly ingrained into our vast history, there are cases that stand apart from the rest as being singularly frightening. We’re talking about cases of mass murder that describe psychopaths who, we can probably safely observe, had the notion of killing other people in their heads more than they had any other notion at all.
These cases are less uniquely fascinating than they are painful to think about, let alone write about. But how could we truly learn about our red-stained history without being genuinely appalled by the grimiest parts of it? The title of “prolific serial killer” is given to men more often than not, for a myriad of ancient reasons. Still, we tend to forget that the “fairer” sex is equally capable of gruesome, heartbreakingly regretful mass murder. Feel free to gulp at will.
12. Elizabeth Báthory
Elizabeth Báthory holds a spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records for being the most prolific female serial killer in history. While the tales of the other women on this list are inherently horrifying, the sheer number of Elizabeth Báthory’s victims is hard to wrap one’s mind around.
During her trial, Báthory, along with her four collaborators, were said to have killed 650 people, all young women, between the years 1585 and 1609. Perhaps the most humble of her torture methods was making her victims stand naked outside in the freezing cold until they succumbed to hypothermia.
Of course, that wasn’t her only method; Báthory was partial to the iron maiden, which forced spikes into the victim in the most private and painful of body parts. She also trapped her victims in a small cylindrical cage, lined on the inside by spikes, and would have her servants raise and shake the cage until the victims skewered themselves to death.